Joanne Shaw Taylor
|Joanne Shaw Taylor|
Joanne Shaw Taylor on the New Generation of British Blues Tour, May 2010
|Born||1986 (age 27–28)
Joanne Shaw Taylor (born 1986, England) is a British blues guitarist and singer, who was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics at the age of 16. She has released three studio albums and one live album to date; the live album being the most recent, entitled Songs from the Road, released in 2013.
Taylor grew up around Birmingham, England, and was inspired already in her early teens to play the blues after hearing Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix. Dave Stewart heard Taylor play, and in 2002 invited her to join his supergroup, D.U.P., on tour in Europe.
Taylor's second release was 2010's Diamonds in the Dirt, also on Ruf Records. In 2010, she won Best Female Vocalist at the British Blues Awards. Both her albums peaked at number eight in the US Billboard Top Blues Albums chart. At the 2011 British Blues Awards, Taylor won both Best Female Vocalist and Songwriter of the Year for her track "Same As It Never Was" from her album, Diamonds in the Dirt.
On 4 June 2012, Taylor played lead guitar in Annie Lennox's band at the Diamond Jubilee Concert in London. Taylor played an extended solo during the performance in front of Buckingham Palace, attended by approximately 12,000 people (not counting the many thousands lining The Mall). Just before her solo spot, Taylor's fuzz phase pedal malfunctioned, leaving a much cleaner guitar sound than usual. This apparent misfortune was ameliorated, however, when she was informed that Stevie Wonder had loved her "clean, bluesy, understated tone".
- White Sugar (2009)
- Diamonds in the Dirt (2010)
- Almost Always Never (2012)
- Songs from the Road (2013)
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